Friday, 3 February 2017

The road to a better me

Happy Friday :)

It's been exactly one month since the start of my 2017 challenges and an interesting five weeks. There have been high moments and low moments. I've been on the wagon, off the wagon and straddling the wagon. At the moment I feel accomplished, happy and four bags of sugar lighter. Here's how the journey to get to that went.

Week 1: Monday 2nd January 
The final day of the Christmas holidays and even my lounging clothes were feeling a little snug. Anyone would be forgiven in thinking I was in the early stages of pregnancy. Our recycle bin looked like all the street were using it and my overall feeling was 'urrgghhhh'. Lacking self control I decided I couldn't trust myself to cut down slowly so went completely cold turkey. I got through four days of sweats, headaches, mood swings and cravings until I fell off the food wagon and stuffed my face with Christmas cake.
Not sure why I thought this festive overload was a good idea

Week 2: Monday 9th January
This week I started exercising. May be when I'm better at it I might like it, more. To be honest I feel like such a prat and I'm not entirely sure it's even worth the effort. My achievement? 8 minutes of jogging and 2 minutes of walking. This equates to burning 138 calories, that's nearly a glass of wine or half a Mars Bar, great. I fell off the no alcohol wagon (Thursday night) which then led to falling off the healthy food wagon. After not fitting into my biggest jeans I decided it would be helpful to get weighed and was horrified to learn that I was nearly 6 guinea pigs (6lb) heavier than I'd estimated. After reading the below article I decided a clear, easy to follow plan was exactly what I needed. I opted for plan number two which claimed I could lose half a stone in two weeks, result!
I most certainly didn't consume this toddler sized bag of popcorn

Week 3: Monday 16th January
This is the week where it all felt good. Fuelled by the thought of living in jogging bottoms I embraced the hunger and exercise. Purchasing the Lean in 15 cook book played a massive part in staying on track. Simple, healthy, scrumptious recipes. Minimal preparation and cooking time with normal everyday ingredients. This week I also started a food calendar to help with my food amnesia and shame myself. Funnily enough there's something about having to write down that you ate a plate of grated cheese and salad cream (twice) that actually makes you not do it.
lost 5lb

Week 4: Monday 23rd
This wasn't a good week. Only one day in and I was on the slippery slope. I blame working from home. Easy access to the biscuit cupboard with no one to see is not helpful. A two day work conference left me at the mercy of a full English breakfast, two buffet lunches, one five course evening meal and a pick and mix sweetie station. Add on to that no exercise. The only highlight was pushing my will power to the max by not drinking on a girlie afternoon of lunch & cocktails. That was hard. God knows how I managed to lose anything but I did!!!!
lost 1lb

Repeat after me 'alcohol is not needed to have a good time'

Week 5: Monday 30th
This is the week where I'm not so hungry. I think my body has adapted to my new eating pattern and isn't yearning the bad stuff, as much! Managing to stick to the new routine has made me even more determined to continue. It's tough both physically and mentally to teach your body and yourself new habits. Hopefully I'll stick to it. Now I know that I can have my cake and eat it, but only on a Friday.
lost 3 lb
Just a little pic of me in todays morning yoga pose (KIDDING!!!)

As Mr Springer would say, here are my final thoughts:
  • It's all about planning; meals and time to exercise
  • There's nothing wrong with feeling hungry
  • It's ok to have the not so good stuff if you're mainly having the so good stuff

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